James Lipton, host of the Inside the Actor’s Studio, just revealed that he used to work as a pimp in Paris in the 1950’s. I mean, right, of course, who didn’t? I’m getting really sick of pseudo celebs talk about their French pimping days. It’s like, can we just talk about something new? My favorite thing is that he talked about this in Parade magazine. You know, that foldout you get in the newspaper, the one with Family Circus-y cartoons and articles on things like spring cleaning and how to travel on a budget. From Fox News, via Parade:
It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into [prostitution].I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French [men] didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.
So I guess, contrary to popular believe, pimping is easy. He’s not down with it anymore though, saying,
I think if you can’t earn [sex] on your own, then you don’t deserve it.
Still a better pimp than Kris Jenner.
Ball so hard.